Exploring the Charm of Pom Coong Village, Mai Chau

When the mist gradually, Pom Coong village appears with its inherent rustic beauty, the voice of young children calling each other to go to school, women carrying baskets on their shoulder to start the daily work ... Exploring the Charm of Pom Coong Village, Mai Chau

At night, the village is in a boisterous brouhaha of the rattle of wearer’s shuttle, of drums, happy Khèn dance and clear singing begun from the lovely stilt houses.
Exploring the Charm of Pom Coong Village, Mai Chau
The peacefulness of Pom Coong
All of these beauty make local people love their village more, everyone, every family is willing to contribute to make the village more prosperous. It is also why Pom Coong has been known as a cultural village, a tourist village, an attractive destination for tourists from everywhere.

Pom Coong means the village of the hills located on the large drum, that is, the fields, a name with symbolic meanings. Traditionally, people in Pom Coong build and live in the nice stilt houses. The houses are in close proximity to one another, and are only separated by a bed of vegetables or thin fence, sitting at the door, people can chat, have fun with each other.

Unlike the stilt houses of other peoples, the houses of Thai ethnic are often taller, built on a high and dry place; therefore, they always create the feeling of clean and airy. The gap between the floor and the ground is around 2m, and is propped up by reliable wooden pillars. The floor is made of bamboo while the roofs are covered by straw, thatch, rattan leaves or ungraded by bricks. The window in the house has good size for cool breezes and is where the host hang the pots of orchids, forest flowers, the bird cages.
Exploring the Charm of Pom Coong Village, Mai Chau
Traditional stilt houses in Pom Coong village
Under the floor, Thai girls forget themshelves in the loom, create the unique brocade products attracting tourists. Souvenir products are colorful brocade, bags, clothes old at the foot of the floor, this makes houses on stilts in Pom Coong more outstanding.

Exploring the Charm of Pom Coong Village, Mai Chau
Thai ethnic girls forget themselves in work
As a small village but Pom Coong has 4 male and female volleyball teams, two dancing and singing teams who regularly practice to exchange and t perform serving tourists. Visitors who once come to Pom Coong can hardly forget the fun music from Sạp dance( bamboo pole dance), xòe dance of the boys, girls of Thai ethnic which have enchanted many people. Particularly, people here are hospitable, they never force or invite visitors to buy souvenir with insistent. This is also the charm of Pom Coong.

The attraction of tourism Pom Coong is the very clean "pure Thai"space. Clean water, water, sanitation works are regulated to give visitors the feeling of fresh and safe. Water used is mainly tap water. Waste is classified, out in containers and will be processed. Village roads, alleys are always clean, there is never the matter of littering ..
Exploring the Charm of Pom Coong Village, Mai Chau
Pom Coong fields
Visitors coming the Pom Coong are mostly foreigners, students who are passionate about learning about the culture of the ethnic minorities. They come here for a better understanding of life, of ethnic Thai people, they are immersed in the life of the Thai people and really enjoy xòe dances, gong festivals, sleeping in stilt houses, drinking wine, walking to see the mountains, and the local the people...
Exploring the Charm of Pom Coong Village, Mai Chau
Pom Coong Foods
Pom Coong tourism is becoming more and more attractive and familiar with tourists. In tune with the magical xòe dance and captivated wine, visitors are ecstatic with dancing, singing, and sitting by the flickering fire in the cold weather, enjoying the specialties of Mai Chau heaven and earth, as barbecue, rice, vegetables, seven color sticky rice, banana flower salad. Those are the moments that visitors can not forget about Coong Pom, forget the Thai in Mai Chau.

Tags : Indochina tours | Vietnam Cambodia tours | Indochina Vietnam tours

Top Beautiful Places to See Dalat from Above

Phuong Hoang (Phoenix) Mountain

Phoenix Mountain, 5 km from city center, is one of many popular tourist attractions in Dalat. From Phoenix Mountain, visitors can admire the peaceful, dreaming nature painting here with Truc Lam pagoda nestled peacefully in the green side of Tuyen Lam Lake, watch the young green pines trees and grass and dark green old pine tree clusters, small huts of the gardeners scattered on the terrace in distance, Voi mountain.... All of them create a romantic and peaceful painting of the nature, and make visitors coming here be fascinated and captivated.

Standing on Phoenix Mount, visitors can see the panorama of Tuyen Lam lake
Domaine De Marie Church

Located on Mai Anh windy hill, about 1 km from the central of Dalat city, Domaine De Marie Church is not only famous for the design of unique architecture, but also is an attractive destination for travellers to discover the beauty of Dalat from above as it offers a very clear vision, people can observe the entire city.
Top Beautiful Places to See Dalat from Above
Domaine De Marie Church in Mai Anh windy hill
The pink painted walls maintained over time, along with the roof system shaped like the hollow of Highlands ethnic has created the uniqueness for the church. Visitors can feel gentle, warm when seeing kinds of lush green trees and flowers blooming on campus.

Mong Mo hill

Located next to the Valley of Love, with a total area of nearly 12 ha, despite not being as high as Phoenix Mountain or Langbiang mountain, Mong Mo Hill is one of the ideal tourist destination for visitors to admire the entire poetic beauty of Dalat city.

Known as a Dalat in miniature, Mong Mo Hill is filled with flower’s color, with a ingenious and harmonious combination between natural masterpieces and buildings bearing the features of Vietnamese culture. Coming to Mong Mo Hill, visitors will indulge in the beautiful space with soft curving stretch of road embraced by colorful flower beds.

From the top of Mong Mo hill, the entire landscape of the rose garden blooming beside the white mulberry terraced- fields, and rolling green mountains shaped like a girl who is lying on her side with plump breasts full of energy will be captured in the eyes of all visitors.

The 4th Floor of Pedagogical College of Dalat

Pedagogical College of Dalat has long become an ideal destination because of its unique architecture. Seen from a distance, the school is like a small tower in an arc with the pink orange ancient bell tower bringing warmth to the chilly plateau land.
Pedagogical College of Dalat, an ideal destination with a unique architecture
Not only attracting visitors by architecture, the 4th floor of the building is a location which has a spectacular view. From here, visitors can watch tranquil, peaceful Xuan Huong Lake, and enjoy the pine hills stretching endlessly.

Pinhatt Mountain

Known as the highest mountain in the southern city of Dalat, Pinhatt peak is still quite wild and does not has many services as they are in Langbiang; therefore, if you want to conquer, it would be quite difficult.
The panorama of Tuyen Lam lake and Dalat city seen from Pinhatt mountain
However, once the visitors reach the top of Pinhatt, you will be immersed in enjoying the fresh cool air , can cover, see wholly the immense beauty of Tuyen Lam lake, small birds moving on the water, the city of Dalat in the distance…. If you take the time to get up early and catch the sunrise sunlight from the summit, it must be a wonderful experience for those who love photography.

Top Beautiful Places to See Dalat from Above

Tags : Vietnam tours | Vietnam Cambodia Tours | Vietnam Honeymoon tour

Being Drunk with the Beauty of Tri An Lake

Sailing in Tri An Lake when the sun has not waken up and seeing people fishing are experiences full of interest that you can hardly forget when visiting Tri An lake.

Tri An Lake is located on Dong Nai river, and about 30km from Bien Hoa City to the direction of Highway 24. Like other artificial lakes in Vietnam, Tri An lake was formed during damming up to stop the flows to build hydroelectric plant (in 1984). With a surface area of 323 km2, Tri An lake is considered the largest lake, among both natural or artificial lakes, in Vietnam, leads the well-known lakes such as T'nung, Thac Ba, Hoa Binh ...
Being Drunk with the Beauty of Tri An Lake
The picturesque beauty of Tri An lake
The lake is vast and there are about 40 small islands in the lake; therefore, Tri An lake has long become an attractive picnic destinations for tourists in the province as well as in neighboring areas. Coming to Tri An, the most wonderful experience is to float on the lake when the sun has not risen or at dusk to feel the immense, romantic, poetic landscape of Tri An, at that time, all the fatigue, stress of everyday life will be drifted along the water in the lake.

More tour :


What is more, the lives of the fishermen on the lake is also a very interesting thing for visitors to experience. The most wonderful way is to get into a boat and row around the beautiful islands here like O Island, Dong Truong Island, Robinson island …

Being Drunk with the Beauty of Tri An Lake
The sunset over Tri An lake
However, the most interesting experience is to sleep overnight on a boat on the lake, float on the waves under moon light in the cool of the night wind. Then when the sun has not shone yet, you will experience the feeling of the fisherman on the lake, catch anchovies, trawl and catch shrimp, catch hemibagrus ...
Being Drunk with the Beauty of Tri An Lake
Simple live of people on Tri An lake
At dawn, each boat hastily draw up the last hauls to be in time for the morning market. This is the most beautiful and busiest moment on the lake, Phu Cuong fish market is crowded of boats full of fresh anchovies, big and fat hemibagrus, snakehead… are the great gifts that Tri An lake awards to people here. Finish your exploration, travelers do not forget to buy a few kilos of fresh fish and bring to the hotel. Here, the chef will prepare delicious dishes for you like fish salad with mango, fried fish, hot and our Hemibagrus vegetable soup...

More :
Besides seafood, Tri An lake has many large and small islands. Each island has a typical tree: jackfruit, cashew, mango, durian ... In particular, two adjacent islands including O and Dong Truong islands was exploited with tourism service. Land on the two islands are kinds of basalt soil which is like in Long Khanh area. From a distance, visitors can completely see the full O Island which looks like a green flying saucer. The island í covered with the green of eucalyptus trees which are in the season of changing theirs bark revealing the hairless, smooth skin. Between the trees, there are many swings available for visitors to sway in the wind, close eyes to feel the passionate smell of eucalyptus.
Being Drunk with the Beauty of Tri An Lake
O Island is considered the pearl on Tri An lake
Apart from discovering Tri An lake, tourists can visit Ma Da forest. Here, visitors can learn more than 40 kinds of edible forest leaves such as Freshwater Mangrove leaves, “butterfly” leaves,... Đ war zone with resounding victories in the history of southeastern army and people against foreign aggression is also a very interesting attraction for your trip.
Being Drunk with the Beauty of Tri An Lake
Ma Da forest at dusk

Being Drunk with the Beauty of Tri An Lake

Tags : Vietnam travel guides | Vietnam Cambodia tours | Indochina travel packages

The Ideal Destinations in Dong Nai for Nature Lovers


Referring to Dong Nai, many people will think that this province is only famous for the industrial zones, but more than that, Dong Nai has many beautiful landscapes for tourists to visit and explore.

If you are a nature lover and looking for a place to enjoy a holiday with friends, the following places can bring you with funny experiences.

O Island , Dong Truong Island

O and Dong Truong are two islands located on the vast Tri An lake water. Falling yourselves in line with the poetic scenery, you will have the chance to engage in exciting outdoor activities. You can self-organize the activities or use the travel services available here. Seeing the sunrise in the morning or sunset, or hanging hammocks, setting up tents, staying over night in the jungle… are the exciting experiences you should try.


O- Dong Truong island
In particular, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy the rustic dishes prepared on the spot by the locals. One dish you can not ignore is hot and sour hemibagrus vegetable soup and caramel hemibagrus. After enjoying the local cuisine, you can hang a hammock under the green leaf canopy and enjoy the fresh breeze, smell the cool flavor of grass or listen to the waves crashing onto the shore.

Hot and sour hemibagrus vegetable soup- a must taste dish on O- Dong Truong islands
From Ho Chi Minh city, you ride along the Nation Highway 1 toward Dong Nai, when reaching Tri An T-junction, you drive about 9 km further to the center of Vinh An town, Vinh Cuu district. Then, you can ask the locals the way to Dong Truong wharf.

Buu Long Tourist Area

Being considered the "Ha Long Bay" in miniature, Buu Long has been known as the most beautiful mountain of Dong Nai River basin with plains, smooth green isles and a series of arrays of flooded forest.

Buu Long tourist area- the “Ha Long Bay” in miniature
Buu Long tourist area covers an area of over 84 hectares, and is located on Huynh Van Nghe road, 6 km from the center of Bien Hoa City and about 25 km from Ho Chi Minh city. This tourist attraction has two main mountain clusters including Long Son - Thac Dong mountain and Binh Dien mountain cluster. Buu Long has high mountains, vast lake, fresh air bringing travelers with the comfortable and relaxing feelings.

Camping in Buu Long tourist area
Standing on the top of Binh Dien mountain, visitors can see the vast green paddy fields and winding rivers which look like paintings. Seeing to the distance, you can see the city of Bien Hoa with crowded buildings. Interestingly, visitors can visit ancient temples preserved on these two mountain clusters. The mossy stupas or a some blocks of stone with strange shapes will leave an unforgettable impression on visitors.

You can also participate in other interesting activities such as boating, swing, duck boat, fishing. Activities like camping, night party, campfire... are also the exciting experiences.

Nam Cat Tien National Park

Nam Cat Tien national park has a charming scenery
Nam Cat Tien Nation Park is a nature reserve located on the territory of three provinces including Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc, 150 km from Ho Chi Minh city to the north. Here, you will get a chance to test the endurance and bravery of yourselves while crossing the dense forests. Leisurely walking or riding bicycles on the trails in the woods are the interesting activities you should try.

Floating on Bau Sau lake
One destination that can not be missed in the journey exploring Nam Cat Tien national park is Bau Sau lake. The bewitching dances of the peacocks, birds twittering and the majestic jungle scene will make you overwhelmed.

Cat Tien national park has many rare animals
Ba Chong Stone (Three- Floor Stone)

Ba Chong stone in Dinh Quan, Dong Nai
Ba Chong stone landmark is located on the heart of Dinh Quan district, right on the way to Dalat. There are 3 stones overlapping one another, and have a height of 36m. Among the three stones, the bottom rock is twice as big as the rest two ones, and the stone on the top juts out over the ground, and looks like to fall down at any time. With such a strange shapes, Ba Chong stone has long been a popular tourist locations attracting visitors in and outside the province to visit and take pictures.

Tags : Vietnam travel guides | Indochina tours | Vietnam holiday packages

24h Exploring the South of Phu Quoc Island (Part 2)

Phu Quoc beach paradise has long been known as a pristine island with clean water stretching beach and calm sea suitable for tourism. The lines of green trees embellish the charming beauty of Phu Quoc which looks like an ink painting with the harmony of the sea and the woods. Especially, this is the area having the rustic and peaceful fishing villages, some even have existed for hundreds of years. In your 1 day trip to Phu Quoc, you should take time to visit them.

In the afternoon: visiting the pristine fishing village in Bai Khem (Khem beach)

From the location of Sao Beach, you can travel to Khem Beach, just about 3 km away on the same route. It should be mentioned that in the entrance to Khem beach, there is an old military guard gate which is painted yellow. Because of the narrow terrain, cars can not commune here, so you can only ride the motorbike to come here. Previously, Khem beach was located on the area managed by the military because the terrain was discreet and quiet suitable for rehearsal. Likewise, Bai Khem retains many primitive features, and has no impacts on the tourist infrastructure.

The pristine beauty of Khem beach
Khem beach appears with the image of an idyllic fishing village, with no slopes, with the island is small in the distance looming in the sea, and with very poetic, lyrical white sand color. Khem Beach is also known as Kem (Ice Cream) beach because the white color of the sand looks like the cream. The restaurants are run by local people with the simple hammocks, tables and chairs which are not decent and clean, but in return, tourists coming here will have chance to enjoy the fresh seafood caught by fishermen and satisfy both the gourmets and those who like to experience the rustic things.

A part of the fishing village with the simple restaurants along the coast
Herring is a famous specialty here. The fish is delicious, and can be cooked to many dishes according to the taste of each person as: grilled, fried, braised with chili and lemongrass... But perhaps the dish that is the most special and everyone like the best is herring salad which costs VND 80,000/ dish. You just Squeeze a little lemon juice, mix with scraped coconut, sprinkle the slices of fresh herring with roasted peanuts, eat the salad with raw vegetables, rice paper, sauce. The spices blend to create aromatic, delicious taste, you will not feel the fishy taste of fish but the freshness, and taste of the sea.

Herring salad is a specialty in Khem beach
For a long time, people on the island have had a strong attachment to water. The normal scene seen in Kem beach the daily life of the fishermen. From dawn to dusk, the motor boats, ships boats push off to the sea to catch fish, shrimp, crab... following one another. You can buy the sea urchins, mantis shrimp from the fishing nets and chat with the fishermen. The calloused tanned faces show worries but the fishermen are incredibly friendly and hospitable that will make you remember forever about this simple land.

The hard working fishermen in Khem beach
All services on Khem beach are considered to be very affordable. Khem Beach also provides the fishing, kayaking services which are very cheap. With fishing in Gieng Tien (Fairy Well) and diving to see the coral for VND 400,000 for 4 people services, you will be provided with tools for fishing and charcoal to grill food. You should buy more drinks, shrimp, crab to improve meals on board. With rowing kayak game, the rental cost of kayak for 2 people in 30 minutes is 40,000 VND, and 30,000 VND for 1 person in 30 minutes.

Diving and seeing the coral reefs
Phu Quoc is beautiful in every season making it suitable to welcome guests all year round. Make a time to look and feel!

More : 24h Exploring the South of Phu Quoc Island (Part 1)

Tags : Explore Hai Hoa beach | Vietnam Cambodia Tours | Vietnam Holiday Packages

The Must Taste Specialties in Nha Trang

1. Banh Can (Can Cake)

The idyllic, rustic cake of Nha Trang makes anyone to be lavish with the special delicious taste. The cake is made from rice flour, put in cake molds and baked with many fillings like quail eggs, squids... The pleasure of tasting this dish is also in waiting feeling because Can cake is only baked when the customers order. Do not forget to dip the cakes in sauce with oil and fried onion – the unique typical flavor that creates the brand.

Can Cake with seafood filling
Addresses for reference: the crossroad of Tran Quy Cap Street, 2-4 (2nd April) street, 38 Ly Thanh Ton, 151 Hoang Van Thu, 51 To Hien Thanh, at 18 and 1009 2-4 road (the restaurants only serve Can cakes in the evenings ).

2. Banh Canh (Canh cake)

Canh cake is bigger than noodles, but it is very soft and easy to eat. A bowl of Banh Canh is more attractive when adding a soft, sweet, fragrant and boneless portion of mackerel. Apart from mackerel, many places in Nha Trang also sell Banh Canh with fried fish (grilled chopped fish), fish stomach, pig’s feet pork..., which makes this dish become more diverse and better.

Banh Canh with fried fish in Nha Trang
Some delicious restaurants where you can enjoy Banh Canh: Mrs. Thua Banh Canh restaurant at 55 Yersin, Phuc restaurant at 53 Van Don, Ms. Ha restaurant at 14 Phan Chu Trinh, Mrs. Loc restaurant at 30 Phan Chu Trinh, Tran Thi Tinh, restaurant at 42 Phan Dinh Phung.

3. Types of noodle

Guests can not but be impressed by the noodle served in sidewalk stalls or inside the restaurants. Nha Trang noodle has a tasty taste imbued with identity of the seaside. Bun rieu (noodles with Fresh-water crab soup) is a blend of traditional taste of Hanoi with sea flavor, or snail noodles with special characteristic flavor of the city.
Fish Noodles in Nha Trang are simmered with meat of sailfish and mackerel, and has a gently sweet flavor. The fish meat may be mackerel, red fish milled and rounded, or eaten with fried fish.


Addresses for reference: Ninh Hoa noodle restaurant on 2 Lan Ong, Cay Bang Ninh Hoa in Han Thuyen noodle at No.6 Han Thuyen Street, Duc fish noodle in B8 Phan Boi Chau, 87 Yersin, 23A Yet Kieu.

Nha Trang beef noodle and shrimp sauce smells delicious. Beef is also taken from cows’ muscle with lots of tendon. Visitors will certainly be impressed by the crunchy taste while enjoying this dish. Many places in Nha Trang also add more boiled beef blood, and add the pork to improve the taste the noodles. Beef noodle is served with a basket of vegetables.

Addresses: 57 Le Thanh Phuong, Nam Giao beef noodle at 7Thong Nhat, 15B Hoang Hoa Tham, 63 To Hien Thanh, Kim Vui beef noodle at 15 Le Thanh Ton ...

Jellyfish noodle is not a to miss dish with the main ingredient is the jellyfish. Based on the experience of local people, time to eat the most delicious jellyfish in early summer. This dish is served with fried fish... Guests can enjoy jellyfish noodles in Loan Nguyen restaurant on Ngo Gia Tu Street, 87 Yersin, Year Beo restaurant in Phan Boi Chau.

Jellyfish noodle
4. Grilled chicken feet

This is a familiar sidewalk dish which are preferred by the young or the carouser. Chicken feet are soaked with delicious spices and have greasy taste. In Nha Trang, when eating grilled chicken feet, people also eat cucumber, tomato, and spices like lemon or chili pepper. Added to this, roasted chicken hearts, grilled chicken wings, grilled quail eggs ... served in the restaurants are also very delicious and satisfy the visitors.

Grilled chicken feet
Some addresses for reference: A Minh Restaurant at 46 Le Thanh Ton , at the beginning of Tran Van On street, Phan Chu Trinh street.

Tags : Indochina Travel Packages | Vietnam Cambodia Tours | Vietnam holiday packages

 The Must Taste Specialties in Nha Trang

Dau Pagoda, Bac Ninh- the Oldest Pagoda in Vietnam

As one of the oldest temples in Vietnam, Dau Pagoda is located in Thanh Khuong Commune, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province. Not only does Dau pagoda offer a wealth of historical, architecture, sculpture value, but it also is the origin of Buddhism. This is one of the typical religious relics, attracts many domestic and international tourists to pilgrimage, to learn about the historical values.

Location

The front view of Dau pagoda, Thuan Thanh, Bac Ninh
About 30km from Hanoi, Dau pagoda is now in Thanh Khuong village, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province. Tourists go along Highway 5, to Phu Thi, you turn to Highway 182 about 12 km to Dau pagoda. Coming here, we are certainly surprised at the lyrical, poetic land, at the quiet, peaceful countryside space, and hospitable people. Dau Pagoda is ancient, mossy, is hidden behind the foliages and the bushes creating in the hearts of people calm feeling, real but dreamlike with many myths of the ancient Dau region, Kinh Bac.

History

Dau Pagoda, also known as Dien Ung, Phap Van and Co Chau is located on the heart of one of the typical and richest the historical and cultural relics of Kinh Bac land. It is the capital of Giao Chi (Giao Chau), the center of politics, economy, culture, the oldest Buddhist center of our country, including the Luy Lau ancient citadel, Temple and Tomb of Sy Nhiep, a system temples, shrines, palaces, upper rooms, yards, pottery, busy street markets of Luy Lau metropolitan,... is evidence of a long period of tens of centuries before and after Christ .

The construction of the temple was started in 187 and completed in 226. The historical documents, the material remaining in the tank, especially the inscriptions "Cổ Châu Pháp vân Phật bản hạnh " dating back to 1752 and result of the researches about Vietnam Buddhist history of the historians asserted that "Dau pagoda is ancestry of Buddhism in Vietnam", was ranked the historic site by the state on 28th April, 1962.

In 1913, the temple was rebuilt and renovated several times in the next centuries. In Tran dynasty, King Tran Nhan Tong sent Scholar Mac Dinh Chi to redesign Dau pagoda so that it became "hundred compartments temple, nine-floor tower, nine- span bridge". Through the ups and downs of the history and being destroyed by the wars, but Dau pagoda with high brick tower, ancient and palatial worship spaces have been there.

The Bodhisattva Buddha statue in Dau pagoda
Dau pagoda festival (4th April in lunar calendar annually)

This festival is considered the oldest festival that has still existed to this day. History has it that the King often came here and took part in the festival, worship the Buddhists, prayed for rain, even Phap Van (Cloud Godness) statue worshipped in Dau pagoda was repeatedly taken to Thang Long capital to pray for rain. The festival is celebrated with solemn and formal ceremonies following the tradition to commemorate the day Godness Man Nuong gave birth to her daughter. The festival has many ritual activities and many, attractive folks attracting tourists, believers, monks, nuns, Buddhists from everywhere to worship and pilgrimage.

Godness Man Nuong worshipped in Dau pagoda

The most important meaning of Dau pagoda festival is to pray for good weather- the centuries- old desire of agricultural residents, a major Buddhist festival of the Northern plains and midlands. Over thousands of years, the "ritual" of the festival has been somewhat lost; however, we still feel the traditional beauty, traditional cultural values reflecting diverse religious life, creativity of the ancients, which have been preserved to this day.


Dau Pagoda, Bac Ninh- the Oldest Pagoda in Vietnam


Tags : Indochina travel Packages | Vietnam Cambodia Tours | Vietnam Holiday packages

Experiencing the Nature of Cuc Phuong National Park

120km from Hanoi, the national park is located adjacent to Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa, and is an environmentally friendly destination with exciting discovering activities.


Cuc Phuong is suitable for a picnic at weekends. Cuc Phuong is also where you not only can relax in an open space of the jungle, but also have the opportunities to learn more about the nature around.

Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park covers an area of 25,000 hectares and is the first national park in Vietnam. Featuring a tropical evergreen rain forest, Cuc Phuong has an abundant fauna and flora population including many species of rare plants and animals.

Annually, the park welcome numerous nature lovers to explore and experience the days sleeping in the forest. With a rich ecosystem, Cuc Phuong is suitable for vacation, sightseeing and discovery. There are many ways to entertain in the open and cool space with thousands of trees.

One of these interesting activities is camping and walking in the narrow trails, visit the valuable and rare trees in the dense jungle. Besides, other activities like cycling through the forest, taking a bird watching trip, looking for the ancient caves or going trekking through the jungle… also attract many visitors.

Riding a bike and exploring Cuc Phuong park

From Hanoi, you can choose to travel by motorcycle or passenger car, but the best way is to travel by private cars, which is flexible in time, can go deep into the forest and ensure the safety if children come along. The road is quite beautiful and smooth, through the jungle and fragrant rice fields.

From Hanoi, tourists go along Highway 1 toward Ninh Binh, until you reach Gian Khau pork (10 km from the city of Ninh Binh), turn to Highway 12A, pass Nho Quan town about 2 km, then turn left to Cuc Phuong. From the city of Hoa Binh, you drive along Highway 12B toward Nho Quan town about 2 km, then turn right to Cuc Phuong.


The water fall in Cuc Phuong in rain season

Tourist sites:

- Cuc Phuong Botanical Garden: This area is built to collect and plant rare species of Cuc Phuong, Vietnam and the world.
- Cuc Phuong's Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC): this center is responsible for rescuing the individual of rare primate species.
- Prehistoric People Cave: the cave is the relic of residence and burial of prehistoric man.
- Con Moong Cave: where the prehistoric people choose for their long-term habitation.
- Trang Khuyet (Crescent Moon) Cave: Located deep in the forest, has crescent moon shape when being looked from cave’s mouth
- The ancient trees: Cuc Phuong has an amazing diversity of plants including the giant ancient trees up to 70m high

The pristine beauty in Cuc Phuong

Notes

You should prepare for a trip to Cuc Phuong like a picnic trip so that you could give a party in the forest. If you have time, you should go on the weekends, otherwise, you can travel in a day and a half to spend a night in the woods and return in the following afternoon. The food in the forest is not very much and various; therefore, you should prepare enough food for two days, especially with trips with children.

Temperatures in the woods at night and early morning is often low, so you should wear a thin sweater and jacket to avoid the cold and fog. The ideal weather to Cuc Phuong is the sunny days when the rainy season passed because there would be less insects and mosquitoes.

There are always many insects in the forest; therefore, if there are young children accompanying, you should prepare lotions.

Cost: approximately 6,500,000 VND contract for two days of relaxing.

Tags : Vietnam Cambodia tours | Vietnam Holiday packages | Vietnam Honeymoon tours

Exploring the traditional beauty and values of Cu Da Ancient Village- Hanoi

About 20km from center of Hanoi city to the west, located on the bank of Nhue River, Cu Da Village (Cu Khe Commune, Thanh Oai district – Hanoi) is known as a unique cultural space which preserved the village gate, rated old temples, communal houses, many old houses which completely remain the architectural style of the Northern plains and the ancient house with French architecture 100 years ago.

An alley of Cu Da ancient village

Located on the bank of Nhue River, Cu Da Village has become a bustling commercial place, an affluent village which demonstrates the concept of "near markets is the best, then near rivers". The most developed period of the village was the late 19th and early 20th century. Not only does Cu Da have old mossy gate with a clock at the top, but the alleys along Nhue river also has gates. Explaining to the constructions of the gates, the elderly said that because of being a thriving place, Cu Da attracted many pilgrims, some thieves mingled causing the insecurity and disorder. Therefore, the villagers had to build the gates, every house had a gate with wooden doors. This is a rare feature in of the villages in the North, and even through out Vietnam.

The gate of Cu Da village

The village currently has only a few dozen of old houses in French architecture with 2 floors, sophisticated but harmonious with the traditional style of the Northern plain. Most of the old houses in the village are made of wood, on roof tiles. The house of Mr. Trinh The Sung’s family, built over 130 years ago, has been inhabited by 4 generations. Although the house has gone through many ups and downs, it is still quite intact, and because the family wants to preserve and maintain the traditional culture, they do not want to unroof and rebuild the house.

The old house of Mr. Trinh The Sung, the oldest house in Cu Da village


Coming to Cu Da, visitors not only discover the ancient features of the village, but also have the opportunity to witness the thrilling producing scenery and characteristic flavor of traditional products of the village- vermicelli and soybean jam.

Other Blogs : 

Cu Da vermicelli is made of cassava (a kind of tuber plant) powder. In the early morning here, the village roads are bustling with people carrying the “cakes” of cassava vermicelli put in the bamboo wattles to dry, the bamboo wattles are leaned on the bamboo poles or walls along the road. Just over a period of sunshine, the cassava vermicelli is flexible enough to be removed from the wattles to be cut into fibers. Besides the slicers, one person will the put vermicelli pieces on, some other people will pick up the threads of vermicelli and hang on the bamboo poles to continue drying. In sunny days, vermicelli is dried in one day and then rolled into small rolls for packaging. Each day, Cu Da produces about 15 to 20 tones of cassava vermicelli, these products are delivered to all regions of Vietnam and in foreign countries where Vietnamese people live.

Cassava vermicelli is being dried

Cu Da soybean jam has also become a specialty because it has a different flavor from sauce. Cu Da soybean jam is fragrant, tasty and is dried and kept preciously. However, nowadays, there are only a few families producing bottled soybean jam for consuming.

Cu Da soybean jam is kept in terracotta jars to avoid insects and being stale

Exploring the traditional beauty and values of Cu Da Ancient Village- Hanoi

Tags : Indochina travel packages | Vietnam Cambodia Tours | Vietnam holiday packages

Dung Quat- Sa Can (Quang Ngai)

It is said that Dung Quat Bay is a beautiful place for many visitors. In fact, he name “Dung Quat” is derived from the word “Vung Quyt”. In the past, marine boats were powered by sails. And when the wind was calm, those boats often came on board of Vung Quyt to take a rest.



Near Vung Quyt is Sa Can seaport which is known as Thai Can or The Can. In Sino-Vietnamese, the name means picking up edible seaweed. It rises from a folk legend. Namely, the army of King Le Thanh Tong came here in the spring of 1471 he found his soldiers picking up seaweed for food and decided to call this seaport Thai Can.

Sa Can is a beautiful seaport with poetic scenery especially in the twilight. It has Hon Ong and Hon Ba. On Hon Ba, there is an ancient temple worshiping Vo Hau. No one has known when it was built. In addition, Hoa Ba is not big. It has a total area of 400 square meters. However, when you stand from here, you can have an overall view. You can see Tra Bong estuary with many boats. Around the estuary are a lot of houses and buildings like streets. Sa Can not only has fascinating landscapes but also is famous for a seaport having trade with the outside world early especially with Chinese traders doing business ceramics.


Near Sa Can seaport there is Nam Cham (Nam Tram) Mountain with the height of 141 meters. According an ancient book, it was a high mountain peak, so traders under Minh Thanh Dynasty chose it as a place to navigate when they passed the sea. Standing on Nam Mountain and looking around, you will be amazed at Dung Quat – Sa Can Sea’s beauty. One side is Dung Quat Bay which is clear, soft and charming. Other sides are Hon Ong, Hon Ba, Hon Co, Hon Dinh, Hon Luy, and Hon Coc. These places' names are associated with interesting legends and stories.

Sa Can is near because it is far from Quang Ngai only about 40 kilometers, Chu Lai 7 kilometers and Ly Son 20 kilometers. Coming to here, visitors will be satisfied with watching poetic scenery of the end of the river connecting to mountains, hills, vast sea, peaceful and dreamy villages at nightfall. Close to Sa Can seaport is Dung Quat refinery which is the first on in Vietnam. It has high towers with many industrial plants. This place has not only a sea, natural and man-made landscapes but also traces of the history mixing with many legends. Downstream on Sa Can seaport on moon nights, visitors will feel like getting lost in the mysterious space.

When you move to Sa Can, Dung Quat in the north you will meet Hai beach, Thien Dang beach and Rang sea. Go to the south you will watch Nho Na Bay, a unspoiled beached named Thanh Thuy, Le Thuy, An Cuong, Ba Lang Anh cape and My Han with clear blue water and calm waves.

Tags : Indochina travel blogs | Vietnam travel blogs | Hanoi Autumn